ERIC Number: ED127473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Education and the Uncommon Wheel. An Analysis of the Views of Thirty American Corporate Leaders on the Role of Educational Experiences in the Development of Successful Managerial Careers.
Katz, Arthur J.
The views of thirty corporate executives were examined and analyzed on the role and usefulness of various types of formal, informal, and continuing educational experiences as preparation for successful careers in business management. Personal interviews were conducted with each executive, with similarities of attitudes and recommendations statistically summarized in the data analysis. The lack of meaningful correlative indices among the variables which related educational background and experience to senior executive achievement lent support to the premise that there is not necessarily a predictable cause/effect relationship. As a group, the respondents favored an undergraduate liberal arts orientation for executive career preparation. Respondents from scientific or technically oriented companies tended to advise those interested in a specific technology to pursue that course, and then add a Master's degree in Business Administration, and broaden their education later. However, educational background was clearly not held to be an important factor in the evaluation of candidates for top management. What appeared to count most at that level was the person's over-all ability, work record, future promise, and the extent to which they are sensitive toward, and can work with and through other people. (TA)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrators, Business Administration, Business Administration Education, Employment Qualifications, Leadership Training, Management Development, Managerial Occupations, Personnel Selection, Professional Education, Professional Training, Research, Supervisory Training
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: D.B.A. Dissertation, Golden Gate University